Some years ago virtually all air couriers travelled free, until demand for free travel grew and air courier companies realised they could begin charging air couriers to accompany their packages abroad. Today couriers can expect to pay up to 75% of the normal ticket price. That said, however, air courier travel is still one of the very best ways to travel the world at very low cost. Here are ten tips to help you grab your share of high discount air travel to the world’s most exciting locations:
* Air couriers are normally allowed just one bag for personal possessions. The remainder of their luggage allowance is taken up with packages for the company they represent.
* Family holidays can be funded by air courier travel where one member gets their ticket discounted by the courier company with other family members paying normal rates and flying in the same plane or flying soon after. This is because, usually, once the courier delivers his package he is not obliged to return immediately after delivery. Some companies allow couriers to remain overseas for two weeks, sometimes more, after reaching their destination. Return tickets are also usually discounted.
* Companies use air couriers to accompany their goods abroad to save goods being delivered unaccompanied and classed as cargo which takes much longer to process at departure and destination airports than packages accompanied by humans.
* Courier companies typically use couriers to accompany time-sensitive items, such as medicines and business contracts, or because they are irreplaceable and need to be accompanied at all times.
* Air couriers can gain regular assignments if they are reliable and willing to travel at short notice. So try never to cancel a booking and always be friendly and protective of whatever you carry abroad. This way you’ll remain high up in the pecking order for future discount flights.
* Be flexible and willing to fly at any time to any destination which again brings you to the forefront whenever suitable opportunities arise.
* You can make money from your courier flights by taking photographs and writing articles about your destination for newspapers and other businesses. Travel companies need photographs and articles, restaurants are keen on trying new recipes which you can source for them, online photographic libraries will pay every time one of your photographs is downloaded from their site.
* You are never too old to become an air courier and many companies actually find retirees more reliable and more professional than their younger counterparts.
* Couriers must hold a valid passport and be of smart appearance.
* One way air courier travel is popular with people returning home from an indeterminate stay abroad or visiting family in distant countries where savings can be significant on tickets normally costing several hundred dollars each.